I would like to share with you how I decided to become a Catholic priest. This was a decision I made in response to what I perceived to be God’s call. I started to think about becoming a priest when I was sixteen years old and in high school. It was during the time that I was preparing for the sacrament of confirmation with my peers. I remember watching one of my parish priests at Mass one day and being very impressed with him: particularly his holiness, his spirit of charity and gentleness, and his role in the community. I thought that his way of life as a priest was such a dignified, noble calling. I realized that the priest was able to help people in so many profound, important, grace-filled ways. I felt ministered to by this priest, and I started at that time to consider that this was something I wanted to do myself.
I put the idea on the “back burner” for the remainder of my time in high school – yet apparently not too much - not too long ago for example I was looking at messages that friends wrote to me in my high school yearbook and saw that one of them referred to me as the “priest”!
|Princeton University Chapel: By the Marquand|
Transept there is a Blessed Sacrament chapel
where I prayed to discern my vocation.
|The University Chapel on the inside|
|Rev. C. John McCloskey|
I will write Part 2 of this vocation story next week on this blog; please return to find out what happened next!
God bless each of you in your baptismal callings as well.